This past year has seen the increase in birthday party invites which means buying presents for kids! I’ve often found myself stuck for present ideas, particularly considering they probably have so many toys already, I wonder if they already have at home. When I’m a little stuck, I tend to ask the parents what they’d like, but for me, this takes away the fun of shopping for a special present!
So, what are some of my ‘go-to’ ideas when it comes to gift ideas for little kids?
Presents for kids
LEGO is an all time favourite with kids and adults alike, great for keeping them entertained and their creative juices flowing. Obviously, not such a good choice for toddlers who are still prone to putting things in their mouth, but don’t forget, there is Duplo, the bigger sized blocks. If any child is like my son, it’s likely they have a pretty decent collection of LEGO already. In that case, I’d recommend buying them the LEGO Classic box so they can add to their collection and make loads more things. There’s nothing better than having an EPIC Lego collection, I know I did as a kid. Pity my parents got rid of them…apparently the vintage blocks are worth quite a bit!
Has your tiny recipient has an unusual name? Getting something personalised guarantees you a good chance of giving them something original. IT’s all very well for kids with more popular names, but for the kids with the more unusual first name, it might be a novelty! These birthday boy T-Shirts are a great idea, they’re cute, quirky and fun.
All kids need a way to burn off energy, so how about buying them a little trampoline? Lots of people have great massive trampolines in their gardens, but they take up so much space and require constant supervision. Small rebounders with handles are not expensive, they’re easy to put together, useful and light and don’t take up too much space. It’s easy to keep these little trampolines inside, they’re great for bad weather days and the parents don’t have to worry about constant supervision.
Playdough is another perennial favourite. Did you know that by playing with toys like play dough, kids strengthen their hands? The dexterity comes in handy when they are learning to write. The iconic dough washes out of most things quickly, and it doesn’t matter if little ones try to eat it. It’s totally safe and non-toxic. So you don’t have to worry about that. It’s pretty safe for most kids with allergies, too.
Personally, I don’t think kids receive enough books as gifts, toys always seem to dominate. To me, kids books and the gift of reading, imagination and magic that comes with them, is worth so much more than a plastic toy. If you go to the likes of Big W, Kmart or Target, you can usually grab a kids book for a reasonable price.
What little kid doesn’t love a bit of colouring in? Just as us adults are loving the new wave of adult colouring in books to promote relaxation and mindfulness, it has the same effect on kids too. Studies have shown that once you’re absorbed in an activity like this, your brain gains similar benefits as it would from meditation. So it can help little ones calm down. A great activity for bedtime after a busy joyous birthday party!
What presents for kids do you buy for birthdays?